Christopher O'Riley is well-known for his eloquent and compelling musings on music and popular culture. As the host of NPR’s From the Top, O’Riley works and performs with the next generation of brilliant musicians. His performances stretch the piano beyond the classical repertoire and into the rich uncharted territory of contemporary and alt-rock. The music flows seamlessly from one genre to another, from the familiar to the fresh. His latest recording Out Of My Hands, includes the music of R.E.M., Portishead, Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, the Bad Plus, the Smiths, Tears for Fears as well as material from Radiohead and Elliott Smith.